Age Group State Championships

The Thunder showed up with force this last weekend in Oro Valley for the Arizona Age Group State Championships! Coming off a 19th place finish one year ago, the team was holding 16th position, until the final session on Sunday evening when they climbed to a final placing of 14th. The single largest point haul came when the 10 & Under girls’ team of Phoebe Brethower, Addison Jarecki, Molly Durham, and Alexa Sanders won the state championship in the 200 Free Relay! However, the team’s overall placement was due to the strong swims and constant presence in finals by the following swimmers:


Hannah Aguila finished 14th, 15th, and 8th in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM respectively, along with helping the 13-14 girls’ team of Analyn Bowman, Izzy Silva, and Izabella Nieto finish in scoring position in the 400 Free relay.


Phoebe Brethower had a busy swimming weekend with a consolation swims in the 100 free, 100 back, 50 free, 100 breast, a 4th place finish in the 50 fly, and 3rd place podium finish in the 100 fly. In addition to the 200 free relay championship, the same team of Sanders, Durham, Jarecki and Brethower finished 5th in the 200 Medley Relay.


Besides just holding down the relay legs, Molly Durham finished 13th and 16th respectively in the 50 and 100 breast.


Faith Fletcher finished top 8 in all three breaststroke events with a 3rd place podium finish in the 200 breast and 6th place finishes in the 50 and 100 breast. She also finished 9th in the 400 IM, along with scoring finishes in the 400 free, 200 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley relays teaming up with Rylee Becker, Kimsey Sundberg, and Greer Masing.


Zadok Hutchins finished 13th and 14th respectively in the 50 and 100 fly. Joining him on the 200 free relay in 16th was Carmelo Caccamo, Cohen Barkley, and Landen Tran.


Addison Jarecki raced to 5th and 6th place finishes respectively in the 50 and 100 breast. Greer Masing finished 14th in the 100 fly, while Izabella Nieto raced her 100 breast to a 15th place finish. 


Landen Tran raced into the top 8 with 6th, 7th, and 5th place finishes in the 100 fly, 50 fly and 100 free, plus a 3rd place podium finish in the 50 free. He also raced into consolations with an 11th place finish in the 50 back.


Great Swimming Thunder! On to SWAGR in Fresno!!!


Parent Education: if you are reading this and are not familiar with the terms in the summary above, please see below…


Finals: at most championship swim meets, there are preliminary sessions where swimmers race for a position to race again in finals. Usually, the top 16 return for finals, but meets can vary on how many return. Finals racing is where the athletes race for team points.


Consolation Finals: this is the heat of swimmers who placed between 9th and 16th. In the finals they can finish no higher than 9th and no lower than 16th, unless they disqualify.


Championship Finals: this is a heat of swimmers who finished between 1st and 8th in the preliminaries, and they are racing for the championship position. Swimmers in this finals heat can finish no lower than 8th unless they disqualify.